Kim Royar, Vermont Furbearer Project Leader, and Dr. David Person, Wildlife Ecologist, will present "Coyotes in Vermont" on October 22, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Weathersfield Center Meetinghouse in Weathersfield, VT. This event is sponsored by the Weathersfield Conservation Commission.
"Vermont's coyotes now occupy a role as natural predators in our ecosystem, but they also have become highly controversial. We want to help people understand them from an objective, scientific perspective, and we want to help people learn how to live with them because they are here to stay." -- Mark Scott, Vermont's Director of Wildlife.
During her 33 years with Vermont Fish and Wildlife, Kim Royar helped landowners improve their wildlife habitat. She did extensive research on bobcats, coyotes, and other furbearers. Kim Royar also worked to restore Vermont's population of American martens. She worked in Fish and Wildlife's central office as a special assistant to the Commissioner.
Dr. Person did research on coyotes in Vermont for his UVM Master's degree as well as doing research on wolves, deer and predator-prey dynamics for 22 years in Alaska, he has authored more than 40 scientific journal papers, as well as reports on the ecology of coyotes, wolves, deer, flying squirrels, predator-prey theory, quantitative ecology, and subsistence hunting. He currently resides in Braintree, Vermont.